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Delaware River Sojourn: August 6-13, 2021 - Upper and Middle Delaware River (Volunteer cleanup scheduled on August 6)

Nature or Outdoor Event

The Delaware River Sojourn is a seven-day guided paddling trip on the nationally-designated wild and scenic Delaware River, combining canoeing/kayaking, camping (optional), educational programs, historical interpretation and more. The Sojourn is designed for people of all ages & experience levels; our guides from the National Canoe Safety Patrol provide basic paddling guidance & safety instruction. Paddlers may join the entire trip or selected days of their choice. The Sojourn is sanctioned & insured by the American Canoe Association.

The Sojourn's purpose is to heighten awareness of and appreciation for the Delaware River and its watershed, which flows through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Guided by the philosophy that by getting people out on the water and experiencing it firsthand, they too become its stewards, the Delaware River Sojourn helps protect the river and its environs for present and future generations.

Part of the Sojourn's stewardship focus involves introducing youth to paddling the river through the Delaware River Sojourn Youth Paddle Program. We are asking group leaders who may be interested in taking advantage of this funding opportunity in 2021 to please email Lauren Gardiner at Information on the program can be found at

Join the Delaware River Sojourn and experience a fun, recreational adventure, which celebrates family, friends and the great outdoors! Daily paddles on the Sojourn average about 10 miles, with stops for lunch, educational lessons, and swim breaks.

For complete information, including registration details, please visit the Delaware River Sojourn web site at

If you are interested in joining our email notification list, please email

Here's the draft itinerary:

Friday, August 6 (Day 0): volunteer river cleanup in Hancock, N.Y. Camping opens Friday night at Northeast Wilderness Experience (NEWE), Equinunk, Pa.
Saturday, August 7 (Day 1): paddle Fireman’s Field, Hancock to Buckingham, Pa. Camp at NEWE.
Sunday, August 8 (Day 2): paddle Buckingham to NEWE Camp. Camp at NEWE.
Monday, August 9 (Day 3): paddle NEWE Camp to Damascus, Pa. Camp at NEWE.
Tuesday, August 10 (Day 4): paddle Damascus to Narrowsburg, N.Y. Travel to next camp – Driftstone, Mt. Bethel, Pa.
Wednesday, August 11 (Day 5): paddle Minisink Park, Pa. on the Brodhead Creek to Driftstone (on the Delaware River). Camp at Driftstone.
Thursday, August 12 (Day 6): paddle Driftstone to Martins Creek, Pa. Camp at Driftstone.
Friday, August 13 (Day 7): paddle Easton, Pa. to Riegelsville, N.J. No camping, sojourn over.

Sojourners hold their paddles high to celebrate completing the first day of the 2012 Delaware River Sojourn at the takeout in Milanville, Pa. – Dejay Branch, National Canoe Safety Patrol

Accessibility Notes

As this is a paddling and camping trip, there is limited accessibility for those who may be in need. However, we have had prior experience making accommodations for those with limited mobility; contact us for more info.

Ages Event is Appropriate For

The Delaware River Sojourn is a paddling trip (kayaking/canoeing). It is geared for folks of all ages and experience levels, but children must be old enough to be properly fitted with a life jacket.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not allowed on the Delaware River Sojourn.


Registration fees for 2021 are as follows: $90/day for adults and children 16 and over and $60/day for children under 16.

In addition to the daily rate, there is a one-time $5 ACA insurance fee for every participant that is not a current ACA member.

Registration fees cover the guided river trip, single or tandem kayak rental (with paddle and life jacket; tandem kayaks come with seats), shuttle/livery transportation to and/or from launch and take-out sites, educational programs, meals and camping sites.

Participants may bring their own boats and must bring their own camping equipment.

Registration fees are by the day and include up to three meals and one night of camping.